Brahmin An Outcast ,Vratya, Manusmriti


In this article we shall see how a Brahmin is declared as an Outcast in one instance, which is very serious.

That instance is Upanayana, wearing of the Sacred Thread)Ceremony)

36. In the eighth year after conception, one should perform the initiation (upanayana) of a Brahmana, in the eleventh after conception (that) of a Kshatriya, but in the twelfth that of a Vaisya.

37. (The initiation) of a Brahmana who desires proficiency in sacred learning should take place in the fifth (year after conception), (that) of a Kshatriya who wishes to become powerful in the sixth, (and that) of a Vaisya who longs for (success in his) business in the eighth.

Smritis List Manu Smriti Not For Us


The Smritis function as unwritten code of conduct.

They lay down Norms of Behaviour in the Society and also are advisory in Nature to kings and his subjects.

Smritis also reflect the social Life of the Vedic India down the Ages.

There are Eighteen Smritis.

These are also called Dharma Sastras,Rules of Righteousness.

Manu’s Derogatory Remarks On Women Status


So Manu Smriti is not a fixed standard text that was followed nor does it carry the force of the Vedas.

To quote a contemporary example, Manu Smriti is like the Directive Principles of State Policy, while the Vedas are akin to the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of India.

While former need not be followed but only commendatory in nature , the latter has the force of Law and has to be followed.

In case of Conflict between the two, the Fundamental Rights will prevail.

So Vedas are like the Fundamental Rights and Manu Smriti, Directive principles of State Policy.

The major difference is that unlike the Fundamental Rights, Vedas can not be changed/amended.

As time changes, so are the customs and values.

Hence Manu Smriti also changes , depending on the Yuga.

What we now have as Manu Smriti , I am not sure is the one meant for Kali Yuga,

And The Manu Smriti reflects the Social Life.

Like the Films, the question of whether Society influences Life or the other way around, one is never sure.

With this back ground let us look at the quoted texts which are derogatory to women.

Hinduism Daily Rules To Follow.


Hinduism sets down Rules for every one.

It does not say that Hindus alone should follow these rules.

Nor does it sat that only those who follow these Rules are Hindus.

These are suggested ways o Life as found by wise men.

We have these sets of Rules, not classified as rules as such in the Vedas, Puarana, Epics Like the Mahabharata and other literature .

So it becomes difficult to codify all these under one head.

But efforts have been made earlier with various Smritis, like Manu Smriti,Sukra Neethi,Vashista Needhi,Vidhura Needhi.

Even these texts are too long and at times difficult to understand.

Sree Vatsa Somadeva Sarma,under the guidance of Kanchi Maha Periyavar, published a book in Tamil,’Vaidika Samvardini’,containing the essentials of behavior according to Hinduism.

These rules, contrary to popular misconception, is to be followed by all, not meant for only Brahmins.

One wil notice that these rules have a scientific bearing and are conducive to good Health , both mental and Physical.

The Rules:

Do not look at the Sun, during,

Sun Rise,,

Sunset,

At Noon,

as a Reflection in Water,

and during Eclipses.

2.Always perambulate in a Clockwise direction, Brahmins,Temples,Idols of God,Cow, Married woman, and Pipal tree (AswathaTree)

* King Dileepa did beget children because he perambulated these anti clock wise.

3. What not to do with Fire.

Blowing out by Mouth,

Jumping over,

Touching,

Keeping on the ground(keep on a non combustible) container,

Douse it with Water,

Warm the feet,

Drop unclean things and

add more fire to the existing Fire.

4.How to approach a Holy Rivers.

Do not keep your feet first.

Sprinkle water on the head first(Prokshana),

Then wash feet.

Do not take bath without clothes , have a cloth for private parts’

Do not spit or gargle .

If you need to, take water in a vessel and gargle.

Do not urinate or pass motion.

Do not Drop stones.

5.Never do the following for only for one self.

Cooking.

Prepare Garlands.

Six Sinners Who Can Be Killed Without Mercy


Though there are many sins listed in Hinduism, Six sins are rated as he worst sins and one does not beget sin by killing them.

These sins are listed in the Vasishta Smriti and Manu Smriti.

They are,

1.Arsonist,

2.One who poisons,

3.One who attempts to kill, with arms, one without arms,